Director, McIntosh Gallery


Join the McIntosh Gallery at Western University, nationally recognized as a leader among university-based public art galleries for creative interpretation and scholarly research in art and visual culture.

Western University is seeking a Director for the McIntosh Gallery. In this role, you will work with the Vice-President (Academic) and follow policy directives initiated by the McIntosh Gallery Committee, a sub-committee of the Board of Governors, and will be accountable for providing strategic leadership and management of overall gallery operations, programs and the University art collection, ensuring the long-term sustainability of McIntosh Gallery. You will monitor gallery operations to identify opportunities for improvement, and implement business processes to support the management of financial, operational and legal and reputational risks to the gallery. You will develop and implement strategic administrative plans, and manage the allocation of financial, human and physical resources. You will provide leadership to gallery staff in overall artistic direction of programs and the professional care and development of significant art collections. You will also create and present reports regarding gallery challenges and successes, and develop recommendations for administrative tactics which will enable the gallery to achieve its goals and strategies.

As the ideal candidate, you will have a Master’s Degree in Art History, Fine Art, Curatorial/Museum Studies or a relevant discipline. You will have seven (7) years’ of professional art museum experience, with increasing levels of responsibility including management; experience leading a team to implement operational and administrative procedures; and experience in strategic planning, implementation, and operationalization. You will have sophisticated knowledge of visual art, its histories and critical discourse, and in-depth understanding of the Canadian context; strategic awareness of current art museum issues, and the regulatory and public funding environments; a record of distinguished professional achievement, including peer recognized publication and research excellence in the visual arts; and a strong record of art collection management and development and of innovation and creative engagement in the art museum environment with demonstrated fundraising and donor development success.

Western University’s vision is to be a destination of choice for the world’s brightest minds seeking the best student experience at a leading Canadian research university. We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the “Western Experience” – an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

The McIntosh Gallery has been a university-based, public art gallery since 1942, that collaborates with artists, curators and academics to develop innovative strategies to interpret and disseminate visual culture. Exhibitions, educational programs and special events provide a platform for engagement with visual art and artists. McIntosh Gallery is a centre for the presentation and dissemination of advanced practices and research in the fields of art history and contemporary visual art. The gallery is committed to serving the students, faculty and staff of Western University and the broader community of the City of London as a teaching and research resource. Ongoing programs and services actively promote innovative projects in the production, exhibition, interpretation and collection of visual culture. For more information please visit:

This position is a regular full-time, permanent position within the Professional & Managerial Association at Western University. The salary range for this position will be commensurate with experience. Western offers a comprehensive benefit package including but not limited to extended health, dental, vision and pension. For more information regarding the benefit package please visit here.

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Interested applicants are asked to apply online to job reference 24430 by midnight on December 17, 2021.

The University campus is in London, a thriving city of 400,000 people located midway between Toronto and Detroit. With parks, river valleys, tree-lined streets, and bicycle paths, London is known as the “Forest City” and boasts galleries, theatre, music and sporting events, and many opportunities for outdoor activities.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:
Effective September 7, 2021, all employees and visitors to campus are required to comply with Western’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. For more information please visit here.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.